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“When you hear whites say:get over it,’ ‘slavery was a long time ago,’ ‘my family didn’t own slaves, ‘the Jews owned the slave ships,’ ‘your own kind sold you into slavery,’ and other sentiments like these, know these are the most common excuses these devils will use in attempts to not accept responsibility for and make restitution for their kind’s generational race crimes. Know today that these are unacceptable racist statements reparations offenders use in support of their kind’s historical racial terrorism.”

“Whites who make statements like these are just as racially terroristic as the whites who dehumanized and terrorized our ancestors during the slave trade and even in this - the post Trans Atlantic slave trade era. Most often, these are the kinds of whites you will have to defend yourself against in a reparations protest.”

African Union criticizes US for ‘taking many of our people as slaves’ and not taking refugees

[IMAGE: African Heads of State pose for a group photo ahead of the start of the 28th African Union summit in Addis Ababa on 30 January, 2017.]

The head of the African Union has criticized Donald Trump’s ban on immigration from some Muslim-majority countries, saying it presents “one of the greatest challenges” for the continent.

As representatives of the AU’s 53 member states met in Addis Ababa for a two-day summit, the chief of its commission said the bloc was entering “very turbulent times” after the US President’s election.

“The very country to which many of our people were taken as slaves during the transatlantic slave trade has now decided to ban refugees from some of our countries,” said Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

“What do we do about this? Indeed, this is one of the greatest challenges to our unity and solidarity.”

Mr Trump’s executive order prevented people with passports from three African nations – Libya, Somalia and Sudan – from travelling to the US. It also blocked visas for citizens from four Middle Eastern countries – Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Iran.

The President has also suspended all US refugee programmes for 120 days, and ended the flow of Syrian refugees to America indefinitely.

Also speaking in Ethiopia, the UN Secretary General commended African countries for opening their borders to refugees and people fleeing violence while other parts of the world, including the developed West, close boundaries and build walls.

Antonio Guterres, attending his first AU summit as the UN chief, said: “African nations are among the world’s largest and most generous hosts of refugees.

“African borders remain open for those in need of protection when so many borders are being closed, even in the most developed countries in the world.”

Mr Guterres didn’t make a direct reference to the recent executive orders signed by Mr Trump, which also included a commitment to build a wall along the Mexican border, but his comment drew enthusiastic applause from hundreds of African leaders, officials and dignitaries who attended the opening of the summit, the Associated Press reported.


Lukumi: a religion, a people, and a language.

One of the distinguishing features of Lukumi as an Afro-Diasporic religious community has been the retention of archaic forms of the Yoruba language in Cuba. The language is a liturgical language now - used in our songs, prayers, and by elegun (priests mounted in possession) rather than conversationally.

Part of the horrors of the trans-Atlantic slave trade was the stripping of individual and cultural identities from enslaved Africans, and this was achieved in many places in the New World through banning and otherwise brutally discouraging the use of West and Central African languages. Lukumi, as a language, managed to be preserved by enslaved peoples who made creative use of the imposed Catholic system of cabildos de nacion - mutual aid societies under the patronage of Catholic saints. The cabildos allowed enslaved people and free people of colour to gather and perform seemingly Catholic worship “in the manner of their nation” - in other words, using the language and drumming styles particular to their ethnic group. The system of cabildos gave space for both enslaved and free people of colour to preserve a variety of West and Central African religions in 19th Century Cuba, including Arara, Abakua, and Palo. However, it was also allowed to flourish because the whites believed that keeping people of African descent separated by nation (nacion) would prevent them from organizing en masse as in the case of Haiti, which was a constant source of white anxiety during the 19th Century.

Though the language never stopped being used, fluency in Lukumi faded somewhat in the early 20th Century, which the old people often say was due to a lack of proper training. When Lukumi arrived in New York City in the late 1950s, African Americans entered the religion looking for a spiritual component to the growing Black Liberation movement. In particular, we credit Sunta Serrano Osa Unko (iba’e) for opening her ilé to African Americans. Early African American converts were most interested in emphasizing the Yoruba roots of the religion, and rejecting Catholicism, and part of how they did this was to focus on the Lukumi language. Thanks to their efforts to write down and translate back into Yoruba the Lukumi songs and prayers, the language was revitalized. Examples of this can be seen in the books of Baba John Mason, particularly Orin Orisha: Songs for Selected Heads.

Though some songs and prayers are not translatable to modern Yoruba - either due to being archaic regional dialects or due to the many subtle borrowings from other African languages spoken in Cuba (particularly Arara and Palo’s unique Bantu-Spanish bozale) - the Lukumi language continues to flourish today.

In the span of 93 days, Chris Bertish crossed more than 4,050 nautical miles of Atlantic Ocean — and he conquered this lonely crossing standing up. When the South African surfer entered English Harbour on the island of Antigua on Thursday, he was riding the same massive stand-up paddleboard that bore him from Morocco’s Agadir Marina roughly three months ago.

Still, if Bertish’s equipment wasn’t much different from when he started, his place in the record books now certainly is: On Thursday, Bertish became the first person in history to make a solo trans-Atlantic journey on a stand-up paddleboard.

In An International First, Surfer Conquers The Atlantic Alone On A Paddleboard

Image: Courtesy of Brian Overfelt for The SUP Crossing

“Our English language is a big part of it. It’s a carrier of freedom. Wherever the English language has gone, globally, freedom went with it,” Rep. Steve King said on CNN on Monday

The idea that freedom accompanies English everywhere is demonstrably false, as former subjects of the British Empire can attest. In fact, a bulk of modern history was shaped by the cultural and military violence and slavery that followed the English language as it traversed the globe — from brutal British colonial rule in Africa and Asia, to the trans-Atlantic slave trade, to slavery in the U.S. and the massacre and forced assimilation of Native Americans.

— Zak Cheney Rice, Steve King is having a hard time pretending he’s not a white supremacist

A Fantastic Christmas Eve and Where to Find It (Newt x Reader)

Originally posted by newt-and-pickett

A/N: Happy Christmas Eve, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays to all of my incredible followers! I am so incredibly grateful to all of you. This is just a little drabble for the holiday season. I hope you enjoy! I’m hoping to post a Christmas day writing tomorrow, so hopefully I get that out!

You were completely and utterly exhausted. Your adrenaline had run out yesterday, and the full impact of the events in New York were finally catching up with you. You sighed, threw off your coat, and flopped face-first onto the bed of your cabin. You couldn’t wait to get home, but you were not thrilled about spending more time aboard a ship. It was your least favorite mode of transportation, but unfortunately you and Newt didn’t have much of a choice when it came to Trans-Atlantic travel.

You heard a low chuckle before the bed dipped next to you, “Someone seems a bit tired.”

You mumbled out a response, and Newt laughed again. He began stroking your hair gently, “What was that, love?”

You huffed and turned your face to look at the sparkling blue eyes of the man you loved, “I said I don’t know how you aren’t more tired. I am absolutely knackered.”

“Well, my dear, I am utterly exhausted, but there is always more work to be done. Besides, did you forget what today was?”

You puzzled a bit before realization dawned on you, “It’s Christmas Eve, isn’t it?”

Newt smiled at you sweetly, “Yes it is.”

You shot up, covering your face with your hands, “I can’t believe I forgot! I am so sorry, love! Tomorrow is my absolute favorite day of the year. How could I have forgotten! We need to do something special, Newt. I’m sure I can-”

You were cut off by a gentle kiss. You blushed, smiling. Newt took your hand, saying, “Of course we will celebrate love. Besides, we already had a mini-celebration with Jacob and the Goldsteins, remember? They knew we would be on a ship when the day came and wanted to do something special.”

You smiled, thinking back to that day. It was just a small get-together, but it was filled with so much love and magic and happiness that it was one of the best celebrations you could remember having. Everyone shared stories and small presents, Queenie cooked an incredible meal, and Jacob made the most wonderful pastries. Even the creatures celebrated with you all, and you felt so incredibly lucky, “That was quite the lovely evening, but this is our first Christmas as a couple, Newt. I want it to be perfect.”

Newt pulled your back into his chest and wrapped his arms around you, kissing your head, “And it will be as long as I’m with you.”

“I love you, Newt.”

“I love you too, darling.”

You both just enjoyed each other’s presence for a few moments. You had never felt safer and more loved than in the quiet moments in Newt’s arms, and he felt the same way. You two understood each other in ways neither of you ever thought you would experience, and every second since your fateful meeting had been filled with love and understanding, even in the years you each refused to admit your feelings.

You sighed before you pulled yourself away, getting to your feet. You turned back to Newt, and smiled at his adorable pouting face. You held our your hands, and he grabbed them gently. You pulled him up, reminding him, “Now it may be Christmas Eve, but there is still work to be done. The creatures need their mummy, dear.”

Newt broke out into a wide smile. “Yes! Let’s go into the case!” Suddenly you were the one being dragged behind him and he opened the case and descended quickly into it. You laughed, enjoying his excitement at seeing all of his creatures. But once the door to the small shed opened into this world, you stopped, gasping at the sight before you.

There was a gently snowfall surrounding you, but it didn’t touch the ground in the habitats that needed to stay warm and dry. There were lights stretched around every branch and rock and nest, and each creature had their own lovely Christmas sweater. In Frank’s old habitat sat a small table with an incredible smelling meal sitting on it along with a scraggly looking Christmas tree that was covered in homemade ornaments.

Tears slowly slid down your face, and Newt began to wipe them away and apologizing profusely, “I am so sorry, love. I know it’s not much. I don’t know what I was thinking. I wanted to try and make Christmas special for you. I’m sorry-”

“Newt, it’s incredible. I absolutely love it. I love all of it. I can’t believe you did this, all of this. No one has ever done something so amazing for me before. I don’t know what I ever did to deserve you, but I love you so much.”

Newt smiled and pulled you in for a kiss, “You are worth much more than I could ever hope to give you, but I love you too, with all my heart. I did get a little help from Queenie just before we left. Now, why don’t we go enjoy a nice meal. Jacob and Tina helped feed the creatures earlier as well, so we have some time.”

“That sounds perfect, Mr. Scamander.”

You shared a lovely meal with the love of your life, and afterwards, the two of you went on a stroll through the habitats, wishing a very merry Christmas to the other loves in your lives. The night ended with a dance in the snow before falling asleep in each other’s arms, exhausted but so very happy, knowing that this was the Christmas you would remember for the rest of your lives.

Originally posted by daystilchristmas

Have a wonderful, safe holiday season! Sending thoughts and love <3 

Dorothy Dandridge as Aiché in Tamango (1958).

During cinema’s earliest years, most films that dealt with or depicted American slavery did so mainly through the eyes of white characters. Not only was Tamango one of the first films to depict the horrors of slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade through (some of) its black characters’ point-of-view, but it was also one of the first films to reenact a slave ship revolt–if not the first film to do so. The revolt was led by the title character, Tamango (played by Alex Cressan).

Tamango was shot and released in France and other parts of Europe, but was initially banned in French colonies and the United States due to the depiction of an interracial “romance” between Aiché (Dandridge) and her owner, the slave ship’s captain (played by Curd Jürgens).

I think that using alien to describe otherness works,” says Reynaldo Anderson, a professor who writes about Afrofuturism. Anderson is one of many theorists who view the alien metaphor as one that explains the looming space of otherness perpetuated by the idea of race. “We’re among the first alien abductees, kidnapped by strange people who take us over by ships and conduct scientific experiments on us. They bred us. They came up with a taxonomy of the people they bred: mulatto, octoroon, quadroon.
—  Excerpt from “Afrofuturism” by Ytasha L. Womack. Read it on Oyster →

anonymous asked:

I get that minorities in general are brainwashed and all. But why are black men the worse when it comes to this? I noticed a pattern, when some black male artists get little fame, they throw black women under the bus. It seems like in studio they think "I don't have inspiration right now, so I'll make a colorist/racist comment about the women of my race" ok "white girls are winning, fuck dark hoes, black bitches so mad etc.." Why do other minorities don't do this?

This is a question that many black women are starting to ask (and should be) and the answer is heartbreaking and many black women don’t want to accept the fact that there is a  historical reason for this that pre-dates colonialism and the trans-atlantic slave trade, and slavery. We have had black men been engaging in treacherous behavior towards black women for at least 1,000 years now. There were black men who helped destroyed the matriarchy in Africa, black men who sold black men, women, and children (mostly women and children) to Arabs and Europeans in the Arab Slave Trade, black men helped to destroy the black woman’s image and character etc, etc. I did a series of posts revealing this historical betrayal, but I still have more questions than answers myself because I’m still digging to find more information about as to why so many black men are so treacherous to black women while black women remain so loyal. This is some history that IS HIDDEN ON PURPOSE from black women. I could go on and on about this. However, as I’ve stated above the treachery predates the trans-atlantic slave trade, slavery, and colonialism and white supremacy racism didn’t help either. And here we are today. Which bring us to the question: “If this behavior in black men predates the trans-atlantic slave trade, slavery, and colonialism, is it really white supremacy brainwashing and programming that cause so many black men to be so treacherous towards black women? Or something else…within them?

I don’t have time to dig in my archives and give you all the links to the post discussing this topic, but here is two posts by BWE blogger Khadija discussing this ancient betrayal
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The whole crew is back this week with our look on this week's popular topics including but not limited to KKKellyanne Conway's thot shot in the oval office, Uncle Ben Carson's interpretation of the Tr

The whole crew is back this week with our look on this week’s popular topics including but not limited to KKKellyanne Conway’s thot shot in the oval office, Uncle Ben Carson’s interpretation of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, the return of Nazi Nick Spencer, Remy’s follow up flop as well as Jordan Peele’s hit film Get Out and there will be SPOILERS so you’ve been warned.

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Okay so for whatever reason it won’t let me post as an audio post anymore, and I’m sure it’s something to do with the tumblr update so here’s a link to the latest episode where we talk about all the big things this week with the entire crew! 



[1: Mostly repeating myself, but we need to stop using the term ‘Afroindigeneity’ to center Amerindigeneity at the expense of American Black cultures.]

[2: In what ways are we rethinking, reexpanding categories, finding ways to embrace the trans-Atlantic African diaspora whose cultures developed/formed here?]

[3: Are we willing to imagine mutual futures & acknowledge Black humanity? If to love Black peoples is a radical act, what’s it look like? #DecolonialLove]

[4: What if we affirmed the Indigeneity of Black folks did not end with the Middle Passage? What if we considered their histories with these lands valid?]

[5: How do we take on the hard task of acknowledging that a narrow categorization of 'Native’ leaves Black folks in placelessness? #DecolonialLove]

[6: How do we take on the hard task of acknowledging that a narrow categorization of 'Native’ leaves Black folks as Other/foreign? #DecolonialLove]

[7: How do we take on the hard task of acknowledging the narrow category of 'Native’ constrains & frames anti-Black thought in NDN communities?]

[8: What if we considered more than Black NDNs as 'Native’? #DecolonialLove]

[9: I’m not asking that 'Native’ or Indigeneity be redefined; only that we realize the ways we’re implicated in denying Black folks a place w/in it.]

[10: 'Afroindigeneity’ as material & non-material: retentions that stretch back to those lands, but also situated here in innovation, adaptation.]


A solar energy plane just crossed the Atlantic Ocean

After its inaugural journey from Hawaii to Silicon Valley in April, Solar Impulse 2 just successfully landed in Seville, Spain, completing its first-ever trans-Atlantic flight. Bertrand Piccard, one of Solar Impulse 2’s pilots, is planning to fly it across the Mediterranean to Abu Dhabi next. The only issue here? Its speed.

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Letter to the Ankhs, Hoteps & Fake Deeps

Dear Ankhs, Hoteps & Fake Deeps,
Alkebulan is not the original true name of Africa. The name Africa was not given by the enemy to make us forget or destroy our history.
You should also know that Egypt is not the only country in Africa and with that being said, Africa is neither one country or one nation. Africa is a continent with 54 beautiful countries with over 2000+ languages, over 3000+ tribes and a huge amount of different cultures. Please respect the diversity of this vast continent. Also keep in mind that Egypt was not the only place in Africa where advanced ancient civilizations once existed or where Kings and Queens ruled. There is therefor no need to always and only mention or uplift Egypt because as you know or may not know, majority of the victims of the trans-atlantic slave trade came from the west & central parts of Africa so basically you’re most likely a descendant of African people who came from those areas.
Please do not spread false information about Africas history or cultures just because it screams pro-black and when you are called out for spreading misinformation on social media, do not block, delete comments. There is also no need to be rude. Just read your history correctly and always have sources to back up your facts to avoid such things.

Do not post pictures with captions like “A Black Queen should…” It is not your position to demand, command or advice women on how they should act. Your point of view or standards does not equal everybody elses.
Also, most of us black women are not like the women in the pictures you constantly post or repost. We are not all half naked, walking oil lamps with a tight curved body with gold painted on our butts and titties.
Please understand that the black female body is not yours to use for your sexist captions, memes, quotes, and misogynic thoughts and behaviour that you hide behind your so-called consciousness.

Homosexuality was not introduced to black people by the white man nor was it introduced to black people to whipe out the entire ‘race’. Babies are still being born within the black community so do not panic because maybe the only reason you did not realize that the black LGBT community is big might because you were not bothered to care that much before you became “woke”.

Respect other indigenous beings and their history, land and cultures! Just because the first of the human mankind appeared and came out of Africa does not mean that we are entitled to claim other groups, appropriate cultures and remake their history.

Every so-called unconscious black person are not coons, whitewashed, Uncle Toms, Massa’s puppet, house negroes or negropeans. The reason you call yourself woke is because you too were once at sleep, remember that.
So instead of spending your days online on social media bashing and insulting other black people for not being down with revolution or not being woke, try instead to understand what lies behind it.

Last but not least, demanding people to unite and build when you are most likely not doing the same is very hypocritical.

-Sincerely, tired black woman from the African continent.

White guilt from a black person’s point of view, and why it needs to end

As a freshman in high school I had took part in a class about how culture shapes society our society and colors our view of the world. One day while we discussed the Trans-Atlantic slave trade I made a comment about how my ancestors from untold centuries ago were taken from Africa and sold to a Barbadian plantation owner to work the sugar fields. After class a girl who was usually very quiet came up to me and said that her some of her ancestors manned slave ships and that she was sorry for what they did. I told her not to be and that it had nothing to do with her but she insisted it was somehow her fault. 

That confusing conversation introduced me to the ugly little concept we call white guilt, something that pops up a worrying amount on this site and in real life, and it needs to end. 

I’m not going to sit here and pretend that your culture has no bearing on your personality, Its is the foundation of your upbringing, the anchor of your beliefs, and the guiding light of your morals. But for all that culture gives you, it cannot give you the responsibility for your ancestor’s decisions. No, it should be your actions that define you as a person and not those of a long dead predecessor. 

You were not the one stealing my ancestors from their home, the one who beat and killed them for wanting to be treated like a human, or the one who bought and sold them like commodities. But by the same token I have not suffered under the crack of the whip, chains of slavery, or being worked to death like some sort of draft animal. We are a product of these people and the culture they created, but for all they have given us we are not them.

No one should ever feel ashamed to exist, especially because of things they had no control over. People can be horrible, and I’m not excusing that, but dwelling on mistakes you didn’t make is unhealthy and gets us nowhere.

Prejudices aren’t going to magically go away and anyone who tells you that racism is dead has never seen the news. These are serious issues which permeate every level of our society, but we cannot let transgressions from a past we had no hand in shaping define who we are as human beings and how we see others. We should never forget the past, lest it be born again in another form, however its high both sides learned to forgive.

Is this going to solve all of our social ills, of course not. There are still going to be horrible people, racist people, and bigots. But forgiveness is the first step on the long journey ahead of us. 

I’m sorry if this turned into a rant/rambling mess. I just needed a place to vent some frustration and this seemed as good as anywhere else.

I think that this is a very powerful art piece. 

The following sculptures are a representation of past Africans that were thrown overboard during the middle passage throughout the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade. The artist Jason deCaires has created such art to honor African ancestors that past during the greed of slavery.